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Woman's Passion Improves Welfare of Sheltered Animals

Good Samaritan: Vickie Fisher.

July 7, 2017

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Vickie Fisher as this week’s Good Samaritan for her exceptional dedication for local nonprofit, Albuquerque Kennel Kompadres, Inc., and compassion for all sheltered animals at the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department.

Fisher has dedicated her life to serve all animals who find themselves in shelters. In 2002, she founded Albuquerque Kennel Kompadres in an effort to help dogs, cats and everything in between find their forever home. Over the years, Albuquerque Kennel Kompadres has become a principal partner of the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department. Its sole purpose is to advance the work of the Animal Welfare Department by encouraging the humane treatment and care of pets and sheltered animals, and promoting the City’s support of positive animal population management. This is accomplished through spay/neuter programs and the accelerated adoption of animals in the City’s shelters.

Fisher and her staff work closely with the Animal Welfare Department to identify the most important and urgent needs of Albuquerque’s pet population. Every day, depending on the time of year, there are approximately 500 to 1,000 animals under the Animal Welfare Department’s care. Based on an average length of stay of 20 days, the department spends $500 to care for just one sheltered animal. Because of Fisher’s leadership, charitable donations made to Albuquerque Kennel Kompadres have helped to support the Animal Welfare Department’s facilities and programs.

Kennel Kompadres has successfully accumulated enough donations to fund the spay/neuter voucher program for low to moderate income pet owners. The program has been critical to reducing the number of stray animals without homes throughout the city.

Fisher and her team at Kennel Kompadres, along with Mayor Richard Berry, First Lady Maria Berry, First Dog Skip and the Animal Welfare Department, are hosts of the annual Dog Ball Event. Through Fisher’s vigorous efforts, approximately $18,000 was raised during last year’s event generating approximately $175,000 over the past seven years. Fisher’s creativity, insight and strong work ethic have directly influenced the charitable organization’s bottom line, successively enriching living conditions for Albuquerque’s rescued animals.

As president of the organization, Fisher has realized many accomplishments for the benefit of rescued animals. From its inception, Fisher took what once was a fledgling humane education program to one that has contributed $485,000 over the past five years towards the protection and enrichment of sheltered animals, of which $270,000 has gone to the Animal Welfare Department’s spay/neuter voucher program. Fisher’s efforts dovetail nicely with the work that has been done at the Animal Welfare Department for the last eight years. It is for these reasons that Vickie Fisher was recognized as this week’s City of Albuquerque’s Good Samaritan.  

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Under Mayor Richard Berry’s administration, the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare department has been able to implement many effective programs and policy changes. From 2009 to 2017 the shelter decreased euthanasia by 86.2%, saw a 40.5% reduction in intake, and increased their Live Release Rate by 31.6%. These changes have made Albuquerque a more pet friendly city than it already is, not to mention saving thousands of lives. For more information about the Animal Welfare Department please visit: https://www.cabq.gov/pets